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April 09, 2012

No-Sew Bolster Pillows

My friend’s mom does a lot of sewing and, recently, decided to go through her fabric stash and donate what she didn’t need to Goodwill–and, I got first dibs. Hooray!

Have you ever looked at a fabric and realized that it was meant for a particular project? When I got home with this pink cotton, I knew it was meant to be a bolster pillow. And, not just any bolster pillow. A few years ago, my mom bought these bolster forms at a yard sale and they have been sitting on my craft shelf for far too long.

There are few tutorials on “no sew” bolster pillows online, so this is nothing new. But, it’s super easy and convenient to change out your fabric as often as your change your…mood.

It doesn’t look like it, but I gave it a quick ironing before I laid it out on my floor.

I cut two sections, large enough to cover each pillow. For me, cutting this in half was just enough. I actually could have used a teeny bit more, but it was enough to do the job.

I laid the bolster down on the “wrong side”, wrapped it up, and gathered each end into a rubber band.

“1994! Yeah, that tootsie roll. Let me see that tootsie roll…”

I removed the bolster pillow, flipped the cover right side out, and put the form back in. Make sure the sides overlap and fold under the outside flap for a polished look.

On a personal note, I’d like to ask you to pray for my grandmother this morning (and in the days/weeks/months to come). This is Ann Wilson, aka my Nanner. You can thank this woman for my love of over-sized costume jewelry, bright colors, and metallic ballet flats.

She’s having surgery today to have cancer removed from her appendix and her colon. We just found out about it, recently, and we covet your prayers for a safe surgery, recovery, and that they would be able to get it all. Thanks, blogging friends!

Enjoying the Good Life,






  1. So, apparently this idea is old- but it’s new to me!

    Praying for Nanner.


  2. Thoughts and prayers for your grandmother and all those around her–family, friends, drs., nurses. Been through the cancer journey…if you don’t know about Stephen Ministry-please e-mail me…it is most helpful in getting through life’s challenges-someone to talk to—without taxing a family member or friends…Blessings, Sharon

  3. Thanks for the update, Kendra. I’ve been wondering how Nanner was doing. Tell your mom I’m praying for her, too!

  4. I have been loving the look of bolster pillows. I need to do something about it, and make/get some.
    I hope your grandmother’s surgery is successful!

  5. goodwillsc

    Thanks, friends!

  6. Thanks for this tutorial. I haven’t a clue on how to sew and had not seen this before so I am excited! Hope if you have time you will share this and other fun on my linky party each Tuesday. Here’s the link for this week’s party:

    I am so sorry to hear about your Nanner. She looks like a very sweet woman and I imagine she is precious to you. I will certainly add her to my prayers. As a word of encouragement, my step mother recently had cancer all over her cervix, abdominal area and with several serious tumors in her brain. Everything looked so bleak but our God is awesome and now she has been given a clean bill of health after a few surgeries and treatment. I so will pray for the same wonderful results for Ann!

    Blessings, Michelle

    • goodwillsc


      Your comment meant so much. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for the tutorial and I like the pink bolsters. Look so comfy. So sorry about your Grandmother and I will keep her in my prayers.

  8. I came over from the HoH link party. I also posted a no sew pillow tutorial!

    I am sorry about your Nanner. I will pray for her. And I know Jesus answers prayers.

  9. Sending well wishes and prayers to your grandmother!

  10. Love the bolsters! I have not been brave enough to attempt one… yours look great! Will be praying for your Nanner. Hope the surgery went well and that she is doing ok.

    Take care,


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  12. What a neat idea for a pillow, I will have to look at this again. We are trying to figure out what to do for pillows for our master bedroom.

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